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Cruel: Chained up in South Haven, Michigan

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Dogs deserve better, originally uploaded by FrancescaM.

This poor guy belongs to a family that lives behind my in-laws’ property in South Haven, Michigan. The family moved in about a year ago and this dog has been chained up outside ever since. It breaks my heart to see him out there. Anyone familiar with the weather in Michigan knows that it can be quite inhospitable; in the summer, temperatures can reach almost 100F degrees, and in the winter this city on the shores of Lake Michigan gets buried under several inches of snow at a time and experiences frequent sub-zero temperatures. Rarely have I seen this dog’s humans come outside to feed the dog, give him water, or spend any time with him. Really, what’s the point of having a dog then? I’ve called the Van Buren County Animal Control more than once. I was told that the responding investigator spoke to the owner, and witnessed that the dog had shelter and food and water. The dog’s “shelter” consists of a small dog house, and his bowls must be inside the dog house because I’ve never seen them. Once I saw the owner come outside and throw slices of bread at the dog. Late last summer, the dog had an open, gaping wound behind his ear that went untreated. He seems like a friendly enough dog. Every time I am outside or Soprano goes out, he just sits there and watches intently. Or, he starts barking and whining, then crying. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even want to go up to the house in South Haven anymore because I can’t bear to see this dog.

I’m going to place another call to the Van Buren County Animal Control and if anyone is in the area, or even nowhere near the area, and would like to make a call on behalf of this dog, the number is (269) 621-4624. Email me at francesca underscore maz at yahoo dot com and I’ll give you the dog’s exact location.

On the road again

Monday, February 18th, 2008

You know me – I always need to be planning something. So even though Summer is still a long way off, I am already beginning to plan our next adventure. This July we will embark on a good, old fashioned American road trip! The idea was hatched a few months ago as Mom and I were discussing the fact that neither of us has been to Washington, DC. ‘Tis a shame, yes? I’ve traveled to five of the world’s seven continents and I haven’t even visited my own country’s capital! So, DC is on the itinerary, as is Boston and Atlantic City. We’re budgeting ten days total. Nothing has been confirmed yet other than our route. We will go Chicago->Boston->Atlantic City->Washington, DC->Chicago. I love trip planning!!

Posted by Francesca

Please don’t trade DeRosa!

Sunday, February 17th, 2008
Dear Uncle Lou, Please do what you can to convince Mr. Hendry that Mark DeRosa should NOT be traded! I just read today about the trade rumors concerning DeRosa who would be sent to Baltimore for Brian Roberts. Admittedly, ... [Continue reading this entry]

Handmade Market

Sunday, February 10th, 2008
This is an event worth checking out for anyone who is into anything that is one-of-a-kind. The Handmade Market happens on the second Saturday of every month at The Empty Bottle (1035 N Western). I went this ... [Continue reading this entry]

Costa Rica photos

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Cerro Chato Eco Lodge

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008
Dates: January 23-27, 2008 This place exceeded our expectations. I was afraid it was going to be more on the dumpy side, just as I was expecting The Palms in Puerto Jimenez to be a lot nicer than ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hasta luego, Costa Rica

Monday, February 4th, 2008
Date: January 27, 2008 On our last morning in Costa Rica we were up before the sun. We had to have the rental car back at the company’s airport office by 9:00am, and the drive to the airport from ... [Continue reading this entry]

Our last night in Costa Rica

Monday, February 4th, 2008
Date: January 26, 2008 After that hike up Cerro Chato, Mark and I were dirty, sweaty, and hungry. We quickly showered and drove into town for dinner at our new favorite restaurant, La Choza de Laurel. We ... [Continue reading this entry]

Hike to the top of Cerro Chato Volcano

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
Date: January 26, 2008 We awoke Saturday morning to the clearest sky we’d seen since arriving in La Fortuna. That meant we saw more of Arenal than ever. In fact, the very top of the volcano was almost ... [Continue reading this entry]

La Fortuna Waterfall & Arenal Observatory Lodge

Friday, February 1st, 2008
Date: January 25, 2008 Friday morning started out a bit slowly as we had to wait for the Poas representatives to bring us the replacement rental car. We didn’t set off from the hotel until about 11:00am, the latest ... [Continue reading this entry]